Jan 302014
You’ve been hearing about Magdalene St. Louis for a couple years now … and 2014 is the year we open our doors. The board hopes to be buying the house in the next couple weeks. We are already working to identify the five women who will be our first residents — women who probably believe there is no hope for them to get out of the cycle of trafficking and abuse who by the end of this year will be a part of this community of love and healing.


On Thursday, February 20,please be our guest at “Making a House a Home” — our major 2014 fundraising event for Magdalene St. Louis. It will be an evening of inspirational stories, wonderful company and a chance to help support this transformational ministry. We’re thrilled that one of St. Louis’ best blues bands, The Jeremiah Johnson Band, is donating its talents, and also that Amos Harris has opened up a wonderful space overlooking Washington Avenue in the Mercantile Exchange building for our use. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres begin at 5:30and you’ll be out the door by 7:30 with most of your evening still in front of you.

There is NO CHARGE to get in. We want as many people as possible to hear the good news about Magdalene St. Louis and we know people will be moved to give when they do.


Three things you can do to help make this all a huge success:

1.) RSVP  *Click here to RSVP on our Eventbrite site


2.) Invite everyone you know. (We’re hoping to have 500 people in attendance). Email your friends. Publicize it in your congregation. Spread the word. All people have to do to RSVP is go to the Eventbrite site.


3.) If you can’t make it, consider a gift to Magdalene St. Louis.
Two ways you can give.


You can click here and go to our donation page.


You can send a check made out to Magdalene St. Louis to:

Magdalene St. Louis
c/o Christ Church Cathedral

1210 Locust Street

St. Louis, MO 63103

Either way, please put “winter fundraiser” in the memo line so we can count it toward our $100,000 goal for the evening.
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Every Saturday at Christ Church Cathedral, around 200 homeless people are served breakfast. On the menu are hard boiled eggs. Members of St. Martin’s contribute 15 dozen hard boiled eggs once a month. It’s so easy! All that you have to do is cook them, put them back in the carton and bring them to church on Sunday and place in the refrigerator. There is a great bunch of volunteers who have been doing this since 2007. You are only called on quarterly to help.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Alice McLaughlin at 636-519-0493 or [email protected].


Nov 272012

St. Martin’s Outreach Committee is collecting Christmas presents to distribute through Circle of Concern and Episcopal City Mission.

Please share your blessings this season and help make this a Merry Christmas for our neighbors in need. Everyone is encouraged to stop by the St. Nicholas display table in Park Hall and pick up a gift tag (for Circle of Concern) and/or a gift wish list (for ECM). Return all your gifts to St. Martin’s by December 9. Circle of Concern gifts should be wrapped, with the gift tag attached. Please do not wrap the gifts for ECM.

The need is greater than ever this year. Thank you for your generosity.

Learn more about Circle of Concern.

Learn more about Episcopal City Mission.

Sep 252012

by Alice McLaughlin

Circle of Concern needs our help collecting food for Thanksgiving. Holiday food items are always welcome. Holiday food items are always welcome.

All food should be returned to St. Martin’s by November 11 so there will be time to distribute it before Thanksgiving. And monetary donations are  always welcome to buy perishable food. Please make sure that the memo line says “Circle of Concern Thanksgiving Collection.”  Thank you so much for your help.

Here are a few suggested items:

box of stuffing mix
muffin mix
canned yams
can of pumpkin
pie fillings
evaporated milk
non-refrigerated pie shells
canned cranberry sauce
can of turkey gravy
chocolate chips
canned fruit
cake mixes and frosting
disposable cooking pans




Sep 102012

St. Martin’s will host a blood drive administered by the American Red Cross on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 3 till 7 p.m. Anyone 17 or older is eligible to donate. You can sign up in Park Hall or online at redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code stmartins.

For this to be a successful drive we need many donors, so please share this information with friends and family members. St. Martin’s would like to share the gift of life with as many people as possible. Thanks for your generosity!

For questions or to volunteer to help, please contact D’Arcy Elsperman.

Blood Facts:

  • On any given day, an average of 38,000 units of red blood cells are needed for hospital patients in the United States.
  • One in 10 people entering a hospital needs blood.
  • In the U.S., someone needs a blood transfusion about every two seconds.
  • There is no substitute for human blood. It cannot be manufactured.
  • The average body has 10 to 12 pints of blood.
  • There are about one billion red blood cells in two to three drops of blood.
  • A newborn baby has about one cup of blood in his or her body.
  • Blood is often needed for traumas, heart surgeries, joint replacements, organ transplants, premature babies, leukemia and cancer treatments and much more.
  • Medications do not prevent people from donating.
  • One-year concer survivors, diabetics, and people with high blood pressure are eligible to donate.
  • Discontinue drinking tea 3 to 4 days ahead of donating as the tannins in it can block absorption of iron. Drink lots of water.
  • Be sure to eat at regular meal time and drink plenty of fluids before donating.
Sep 102012

Help cook and serve a meal to our friends in need. St. Martin’s is sponsoring the Peace Meal at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tower Grove on Saturday, Sept. 15.

We need four or five people to serve in this important ministry. Cooking begins at 2 p.m. and serving ends at 6:30.

If you are available and would like to help out, please contact St. Martin’s member Wayne Peters at 314-608-1266.

Learn more about St. John’s Peace Meal Project.